AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Indicted Gov. Rick Perry wants to skip his next scheduled court appearance due to “long-standing plans to be in Europe”, according to a motion filed Monday.
Perry’s attorneys asked the judge to let him miss an Oct. 13 pretrial hearing.
The motion says that if Perry has to appear, the hearing should be delayed until at least a day after he returns on Oct 19.
An Austin grand jury indicted Perry last month on two felony counts of abuse of power for threatening to veto state funding for a public corruption investigative unit.
Perry issued the promised veto after a Democratic district attorney refused to resign following her drunken driving conviction. That drew an ethics complaint from a left-leaning watchdog group.
Perry has pledged to use campaign funds for any future legal bills, not taxpayer dollars.
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